Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Sheffield United and Southampton go head to head at Bramall Lane in the EFL Cup last 32. The Blades aim to build on a 3-1 win over Hull City, and they are likely to adopt yet another attack-minded approach. Experienced attacker Billy Sharp should be rested against Southampton, with Oliver McBurnie pushing for a start. Both Guedioura and Basham should be recalled to the starting XI as well, while McGoldrick, Mousset, and Stevens remain in the treatment room.
The Saints, on the other hand, did remarkably well to hold star-studded Man City to a goalless draw at Etihad Stadium. Southampton are high on spirits ahead of the trip to Sheffield, and seeing that the Blades suit the Saints, away win should be considered. Southampton are eyeing their fifth consecutive win over Sheffield United. As for the visiting team, Stephens has joined Armstrong, Smallbone, and Walcott in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Jack Rodwell):
Once an exciting midfielder talent who left his boyhood club Everton for Manchester City in 2012, Jack Rodwell has been attracting plenty of criticism over the past couple of years due to the lack of playing time and refusal to leave the Etihad, despite being on the margins with Citizens.
Rodwell joined Everton’s academy when he was eight and soared through the ranks to emerge as one of the key players for the Merseyside club during his five-year stay with the Toffees. A talked-about £15 million move to City turned into a largely disappointing two-year stint with the Citizens, before Rodwell moved to Sunderland.
Having largely struggled to replicate his flying form from his time at Everton, Rodwell signed for the Championship club Blackburn Rovers in 2018 for the remainder of the season, in a bid to get his career back on track. Rodwell represented England through all youth ranks up to the senior side, for which he only managed three caps.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.